Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) (national estimate) - Country Ranking

Definition: Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in December 2019.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Iceland 75.43 2020
2 Madagascar 72.92 2015
3 Solomon Islands 71.71 2013
4 Ethiopia 70.85 2013
5 Tanzania 70.42 2014
6 Netherlands 69.86 2020
7 Australia 69.01 2021
8 Switzerland 64.57 2020
9 Mauritius 64.43 2020
10 Canada 63.81 2021
11 Mozambique 63.09 2015
12 New Zealand 61.79 2020
13 Denmark 60.37 2020
14 Cayman Islands 58.98 2015
15 Central African Republic 57.78 1988
16 Burundi 57.66 2014
17 Norway 55.69 2020
18 United Kingdom 55.67 2019
19 Cambodia 55.61 2019
20 China 55.11 2010
21 United States 54.53 2021
22 Seychelles 54.33 2020
23 St. Lucia 54.11 2019
24 Congo 53.69 2009
25 St. Kitts and Nevis 53.29 1991
26 Austria 52.79 2020
27 Grenada 52.60 1998
28 The Bahamas 52.56 1998
29 Malta 52.11 2020
30 Sweden 51.89 2020
31 Finland 51.36 2020
32 Germany 50.12 2020
33 Japan 49.70 2021
34 Liechtenstein 46.73 2015
35 Antigua and Barbuda 46.28 2001
36 Macao SAR, China 45.85 2016
37 Uzbekistan 45.52 2020
38 Peru 45.46 2020
39 Vietnam 45.27 2020
40 Cameroon 44.70 2014
41 Belize 44.38 2019
42 Brazil 44.27 2020
43 Paraguay 43.95 2020
44 Equatorial Guinea 43.82 1983
45 Kazakhstan 43.77 2008
46 Honduras 43.45 2020
47 Belarus 43.29 2020
48 Israel 43.22 2020
49 Ireland 43.09 2020
50 Bolivia 42.23 2020
51 Barbados 41.95 2019
52 Estonia 41.16 2020
53 New Caledonia 40.60 2014
54 Qatar 40.52 2020
55 Mali 40.20 2018
56 Myanmar 39.72 2019
57 Dem. Rep. Congo 39.29 2012
58 Indonesia 38.90 2020
59 Papua New Guinea 38.77 2010
60 Rwanda 38.70 2020
61 Uruguay 38.39 2020
62 Greenland 38.36 1976
63 Colombia 38.17 2020
64 Hong Kong SAR, China 37.14 2020
65 Costa Rica 36.99 2020
66 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 36.90 2001
67 Guyana 36.62 2019
68 Cyprus 36.59 2020
69 Timor-Leste 36.57 2016
70 Nauru 36.35 2013
71 Chad 35.50 2018
72 Trinidad and Tobago 35.44 2016
73 Singapore 35.43 2020
73 Dominica 35.43 2001
75 Kenya 35.11 2019
76 Brunei 35.02 2020
77 El Salvador 34.95 2020
78 Malaysia 34.88 2020
79 Lithuania 34.19 2020
80 Benin 33.92 2018
81 Sierra Leone 33.61 2018
82 Thailand 33.18 2020
83 France 33.05 2020
84 Uganda 32.98 2017
85 Haiti 32.87 2005
86 Ghana 32.57 2017
87 Nicaragua 32.46 2014
88 Malawi 32.39 2020
89 Guatemala 32.33 2019
90 Azerbaijan 32.24 2011
91 Cuba 31.81 2008
92 Botswana 31.80 2020
93 Latvia 31.53 2020
94 Bhutan 31.04 2015
95 Guinea-Bissau 30.99 2018
96 Luxembourg 30.95 2020
97 Jamaica 30.27 2021
98 Venezuela 30.24 2017
99 Albania 30.00 2019
100 Ecuador 29.97 2020
101 United Arab Emirates 29.72 2020
102 Korea 29.33 2020
103 San Marino 28.90 2019
104 Panama 28.82 2021
105 Lebanon 28.75 2019
106 Russia 28.67 2020
106 Slovenia 28.67 2020
108 Mexico 28.65 2020
109 Suriname 28.29 2016
110 Armenia 28.14 2020
111 Dominican Republic 28.08 2020
112 Portugal 28.04 2020
113 Ukraine 27.91 2020
114 Togo 27.84 2017
115 Bahrain 27.83 2015
116 Vanuatu 27.72 2019
117 Bosnia and Herzegovina 27.63 2020
118 Argentina 27.56 2020
119 Spain 27.49 2020
120 Turkey 27.45 2020
121 Poland 27.38 2020
122 Lao PDR 27.34 2017
123 Côte d'Ivoire 27.11 2017
124 Fiji 26.96 2016
125 Hungary 26.88 2020
126 Guinea 26.78 2019
127 Palau 26.75 2014
128 Georgia 26.60 2020
129 Belgium 26.53 2020
130 Namibia 26.43 2018
131 São Tomé and Principe 26.41 1991
132 Bangladesh 26.35 2017
133 Tuvalu 26.32 2016
134 Samoa 26.21 2017
135 Cabo Verde 25.55 2019
136 Croatia 25.33 2020
137 Montenegro 24.85 2020
138 Eswatini 24.56 2016
139 Mongolia 24.28 2020
140 Lesotho 23.96 2019
141 Burkina Faso 23.93 2018
142 Romania 23.62 2020
143 Kyrgyz Republic 23.57 2020
144 Zimbabwe 23.51 2019
145 Angola 23.48 2014
146 North Macedonia 23.36 2020
147 Philippines 23.26 2020
148 Nigeria 23.06 2019
149 Tajikistan 22.18 2016
150 Chile 22.09 2020
151 Puerto Rico 21.80 2012
152 Sri Lanka 21.51 2019
153 Czech Republic 21.41 2020
154 Serbia 21.10 2020
155 Slovak Republic 20.99 2020
156 Tonga 20.92 2018
157 Nepal 20.29 2017
158 Sudan 20.19 2011
159 Pakistan 19.94 2019
160 Greece 19.31 2020
161 Tunisia 19.26 2017
162 Senegal 19.19 2019
163 South Africa 19.06 2020
164 Italy 18.78 2020
165 Bulgaria 18.23 2020
166 Afghanistan 16.59 2020
167 Kuwait 16.56 2016
167 Kiribati 16.56 2019
169 Gabon 15.93 2010
170 Morocco 15.71 2016
171 Moldova 15.37 2020
172 The Gambia 13.96 2018
173 Mauritania 13.77 2017
174 India 13.01 2020
175 Saudi Arabia 12.86 2020
176 Zambia 12.78 2019
177 Comoros 12.27 2014
178 Djibouti 11.72 2017
179 Somalia 11.37 2019
180 Liberia 10.78 2017
181 Libya 10.74 2012
182 Oman 9.83 2020
183 Jordan 9.44 2020
184 Syrian Arab Republic 9.13 2009
185 Niger 8.85 2017
186 Iran 7.98 2020
187 Egypt 7.33 2020
188 Algeria 5.15 2017
189 Yemen 4.92 2014
190 Iraq 4.91 2017

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Development Relevance: Estimates of women in the labor force and employment are generally lower than those of men and are not comparable internationally, reflecting that demographic, social, legal, and cultural trends and norms determine whether women's activities are regarded as economic. In many low-income countries women often work on farms or in other family enterprises without pay, and others work in or near their homes, mixing work and family activities during the day. In many high-income economies, women have been increasingly acquiring higher education that has led to better-compensated, longer-term careers rather than lower-skilled, shorter-term jobs. However, access to good- paying occupations for women remains unequal in many occupations and countries around the world. Labor force statistics by gender is important to monitor gender disparities in employment and unemployment patterns.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data on the labor force are compiled by the ILO from labor force surveys, censuses, and establishment censuses and surveys. For some countries a combination of these sources is used. Labor force surveys are the most comprehensive source for internationally comparable labor force data. They can cover all non-institutionalized civilians, all branches and sectors of the economy, and all categories of workers, including people holding multiple jobs. By contrast, labor force data from population censuses are often based on a limited number of questions on the economic characteristics of individuals, with little scope to probe. The resulting data often differ from labor force survey data and vary considerably by country, depending on the census scope and coverage. Establishment censuses and surveys provide data only on the employed population, not unemployed workers, workers in small establishments, or workers in the informal sector. The reference period of a census or survey is another important source of differences: in some countries data refer to people's status on the day of the census or survey or during a specific period before the inquiry date, while in others data are recorded without reference to any period. In countries, where the household is the basic unit of production and all members contribute to output, but some at low intensity or irregularly, the estimated labor force may be much smaller than the numbers actually working. Differing definitions of employment age also affect comparability. For most countries the working age is 15 and older, but in some countries children younger than 15 work full- or part-time and are included in the estimates. Similarly, some countries have an upper age limit. As a result, calculations may systematically over- or underestimate actual rates.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The labor force is the supply of labor available for producing goods and services in an economy. It includes people who are currently employed and people who are unemployed but seeking work as well as first-time job-seekers. Not everyone who works is included, however. Unpaid workers, family workers, and students are often omitted, and some countries do not count members of the armed forces. Labor force size tends to vary during the year as seasonal workers enter and leave.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: The series for ILO estimates is also available in the WDI database. Caution should be used when comparing ILO estimates with national estimates.